It’s once again that time of year for Edmonton Oiler fans. Fighting tooth and nail for a chance to sneak into the post season. Injuries, softmore slumps and under performing players have plagued the Oilers season. Devastating injuries to Captain Ethan Moreau, stalwart penalty killing specialist Fernando Pisani, and swift puck moving defencemen Lubomir Visnovsky has made it difficult for the Oilers to climb the western conference standings.
A bright spot for the Edmonton Oilers has been the emergence of Ales Hemsky into a budding superstar in the N.H.L. Chants from Rexall place and the fans watching on there television sets back home were, “Shoot, common, shoot the puck Hemmer.” It would seem the Oilers assistant captain is finally listening to his fans. Hemsky is bringing some joy to fans during an otherwise gloomy season with 50 points and a plus 2 rating after 47 games.
Sam Gagne and Robert Nilson struggled out of the gate but seem to be catching there stride now. Despite working hard every shift, Erik Cole can’t buy a goal and may be headed out the door as the NHL nears its March 4th trade deadline. The salary of players who may be available is likely to be too high risk for general managers to gamble on.
The Edmonton oilers are a skilled young team who are experiencing growing pains and are a team of the future. General manager Steve Tambellini is unlikely to make any big moves but may want to add a secondary scorer.